Steven Finch received his B.A. in Mathematics from Oberlin
College in 1982 and his M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University
of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) in 1985. He worked in statistical weather forecasting for
nine years, first at The Analytic
Sciences Corporation (TASC) and then at MIT
Lincoln Laboratory. He was a technical writer at MathSoft
Inc. from 1995 to 2002, held biostatistics programming positions
at the Boston University School of Public Health
and at Tufts-New England Medical Center,
and now is Statistical Computing Scientist/Preceptor at the Harvard
University Department of Statistics. Finch is also honored to have received a Book Fellowship
from the Clay Mathematics Institute
beginning in 2004, and a Ford award
for expository excellence in 2005. In his other life, he is a piano accompanist and composer, and appears
frequently as a classical recitalist and choral singer. A compact disc recording,
entitled *An
Apple Gathering*, of entirely original vocal music is available for purchase;
it features the extraordinary choral group Boston Secession and acclaimed
concert soprano Nancy Armstrong.

- S. R. Finch,
*Mathematical Constants*, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2003; MR 2004i:00001. - S. R. Finch, G. Martin and P. Sebah, Roots of unity and nullity modulo n,
*Proc. Amer. Math. Soc.*138 (2010) 2729-2743; UBC preprint; MR 2011h:11105. - S. R. Finch and P. Sebah, Comment on "Volumes spanned by random points in the hypercube",
*Random Structures Algorithms*35 (2009) 390-392; MR 2010i:52008. - S. R. Finch and I. Hueter, Random convex hulls: A variance revisited,
*Adv. Appl. Probab.*36 (2004) 981-986; MR 2005m:60015. - S. R. Finch and J. E. Wetzel, Lost in a forest,
*Amer. Math. Monthly*11 (2004) 645-654 [winner of the Ford award]; MathDL reprint; MR 2006d:51016. - N. J. Calkin, S. R. Finch and T. B. Flowers, Difference density and aperiodic
sum-free sets,
*Integers*5 (2005) A3; MR 2006i:11024. - P. E. Manne and S. R. Finch, A solution to the bent wire problem,
*Amer. Math. Monthly*109 (2002) 750-752; MR1927626. - S. Finch, Several constants arising in statistical mechanics,
*Annals of Combin.*3 (1999) 323-335; arXiv:math/9810155; MR 2001h:82035. - S. Finch, The average value of the Smarandache function,
*Smarandache Notions J.*10 (1999) 95-96; 11 (2000) 140-141; MR 2000a:11129. - N. Calkin and S. Finch, Conditions on periodicity for a sum-free set,
*Experim. Math.*5 (1996) 131-137; MR 98c:11010. - J. Cassaigne and S. Finch, A class of 1-additive sequences and quadratic
recurrences,
*Experim. Math.*4 (1995) 49-60; MR 96g:11007. - S. Finch, Patterns in 1-additive sequences,
*Experim. Math.*1 (1992) 57-63; MR 93h:11014. - S. Finch, Are 0-additive sequences always regular?,
*Amer. Math. Monthly*99 (1992) 671-673; MR1542165. - S. Finch, On the regularity of certain 1-additive sequences,
*J. Combin. Theory Ser. A.*60 (1992) 123-130; MR 93c:11009. - S. Finch, Conjectures about s-additive sequences,
*Fibonacci Quart.*29 (1991) 209-214; MR 92j:11009.

- S. Finch, Supplementary materials for
*Mathematical Constants*, in draft form. - S. Finch, Birth cries for
*Mathematical Simulations in R*(code, output & links).

- S. Finch, Convex hull of two orthogonal disks, arXiv:1211.4514.
- S. Finch, Oblique circular cones and cylinders, arXiv:1212.5946.
- S. Finch, Mutually equidistant spheres that intersect,
arXiv:1301.5515.

- S. Finch, Width distributions for convex regular polyhedra, arXiv:1110.0671.
- S. Finch, Mean width of a regular simplex, arXiv:1111.4976.
- S. Finch, Mean width of a regular cross-polytope, arXiv:1112.0499.
- S. Finch, Planar projections and second intrinsic volume, arXiv:1203.2464.
- S. Finch, Rank-3 projections of a 4-cube,
arXiv:1204.3468.

- S. Finch, Random Gaussian tetrahedra, arXiv:1005.1033.
- S. Finch, Two sample covariances from a trivariate normal distribution, arXiv:1005.1183.
- S. Finch, Perimeter variance of uniform random triangles, arXiv:1007.0261.
- S. Finch and A. Jones, Random spherical triangles, arXiv:1009.5329.
- S. Finch, Correlation between angle and side, arXiv:1012.0781.
- S. Finch, Three random tangents to a circle,
arXiv:1101.3931.

- S. Finch and P. Sebah, Squares and cubes modulo n, arXiv:math/0604465.
- S. Finch, Idempotents and nilpotents modulo n, arXiv:math/0605019.
- S. Finch, Powers of Euler's q-Series, arXiv:math/0701251.
- S. Finch, Quartic and octic characters modulo n, arXiv:0907.4894.
- S. Finch and P. Sebah, Residue of a mod 5 Euler product,
arXiv:0912.3677.

- S. Finch, Another look at AR(1), arXiv:0710.5419.
- S. Finch, CLT variance associated with Baxendale's SDE,
arXiv:0809.5274.

- S. Finch, P. Sebah and Z.-Q. Bai, Odd entries in Pascal's trinomial triangle, arXiv:0802.2654.
- S. Finch, Z.-Q. Bai and P. Sebah, Typical dispersion and generalized Lyapunov exponents,
arXiv:0803.2611.

- S. Finch and J. Shonder, Lost at sea, arXiv:math/0411518.
- S. Finch and L.-Y. Zhu, Searching for a shoreline, arXiv:math/0501123.
- S. Finch, The logarithmic spiral conjecture,
arXiv:math/0501133.

- S. Finch, A convex maximization problem: Discrete case, arXiv:math/9912035.
- S. Finch, A convex maximization problem: Continuous case,
arXiv:math/9912036.

- M. Schweitzer and S. Finch, Zero divisors in associative algebras over infinite fields, arXiv:math/9903182.

- S. Finch, Computer algebra and elliptic functions, incomplete work (2013).
- S. Finch, Problem 11687 (Slicing a doughnut at random),
*Amer. Math. Monthly*120 (2013) 77. - S. Finch, Problem 1305 (Well-centered tetrahedra, randomly inscribed),
*Elem. Math.*67 (2012) 151; 68 (2013) 128-131. - S. Finch, Problem 979 (Acute chordal triangles, randomly inscribed),
*College Math. J.*43 (2012) 258; 44 (2013) 237-238. - S. Finch, Problem 1895 (Three random intercepts of a segment),
*Math. Mag.*85 (2012) 151; 86 (2013) 152-153. - S. Finch and B. Harder, Periodicity in sequences mod 3, incomplete work (2002).
- S. Finch, A convex maximization problem,
*J. Global Optim.*2 (1992) 419; journal reprint.

- Lost hikers and bent wires, Geometric Potpourri Seminar, University of Illinois Mathematics Department (Oct. 2000).
- In search of a promised land, Visiting Lecture, Oberlin College Mathematics Department (Nov. 2004).

- R. Ziff, S. Finch and V. Adamchik, Universality of
finite-size corrections to the number of critical percolation clusters,
*Phys. Rev. Lett.*79 (1997) 3447-3450; arXiv:cond-mat/9707168. - S. Finch, R. Cole, G. Rasmussen, W. Wilson and S. Kim,
*Summer 1992 Terminal area-Local Analysis and Prediction System (T-LAPS) evaluation*, MIT/LL Project Report ATC-218 (1994). * - K. MacNichol and S. Finch, CFLOS4D accuracy assessment using Whole
Sky Imager data,
*Proc. 1991 Conf. Cloud Impacts on DoD Operations and Systems*(July 1991); also AF Phillips Laboratory Report PL-TR-91-2098. * - S. Finch and K. MacNichol, Preliminary data requirements analysis
for CFLOS4D/CFARC model validation,
*Proc. 1989/90 Conf. Cloud Impacts on DoD Operations and Systems*(Jan. 1990). - C. Medler and S. Finch, Semi-Markov models for cloudy and cloud-free
intervals,
*Proc. 1988/89 Conf. Cloud Impacts on DoD Operations and Systems*(Oct. 1988). - S. Finch, S. Koenig and F. K. Sun, Modeling strategic weapon system
error due to reentry weather,
*Proc. Military Operations Research Society 56th Symp.*(June 1988).-
* Available through the National Technical Information Service,
Springfield VA 22161.

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